New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple is having a rough year, and it sounds like some of his teammates want him gone.
“There’s one corner that needs to grow up, and we all know who it is,” said safety Landon Collins, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. That first pick, he’s a cancer.”
Apple was a first-round pick and some of Collins’ previous comments have indicated that he thinks the younger player feels entitled due to his draft position.
“Look, we’re all grown men in there,” Collins said earlier in December, per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “He has to grow up. Mentor and raising are two different things. Right now, I feel like we’re doing one more than the other. It’s a hard topic to speak on. As a player, he’s a great player. As a man, he has his ups and downs. But when he’s on the field, I think he’s trying to be as much accountable as he can. He understands, I think the business side of the game did it to him, because this game is not for long. And I think he finally understands that even if you’re a first-rounder, you can always be cut.”
Collins new comments aren’t nearly as optimistic and maybe he thinks Apple doesn’t understand after all. The whole situation is getting ugly. There is definitely a rift, and whoever the Giants hire as their next coach is going to have to deal with it.
“Collins had a nice long laugh before he answered,” Garafolo wrote. “Almost like he considered not answering and then thought, ‘Nah, screw it.’”
“You don’t often hear an NFL player call a teammate a cancer on the radio, but Landon Collins just said that about Eli Apple,” added ESPN’s Ian O’Connor.
This will certainly be an interesting offseason.